Can Hospitals Sell the COVID-19 Vaccine for a Profit?

Over 5 million Americans have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of early January 2021. But with hundreds of millions more still awaiting inoculation, demand remains high and supply low as rollout lags in many regions. Are hospitals legally required to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in a certain priority order? Can healthcare facilities decide to sell the vaccines for a profit? Professor Dorit Reiss, leading vaccine law scholar, discusses the legal and ethical requirements for distributing vaccines.


Dorit Reiss is Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey '50 Chair of Litigation at UC Hastings College of the Law.